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Reflection on Voluntary School
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Placement Using Gibbs’ Reflection
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Introduction

This is a reflective piece of writing in which I briefly reflects upon my experience which I had
during my full day voluntary school placement in a primary school using the Gibbs cycle of
reflection model (Paterson and Chapman, 2013). I experienced a lot from this placement giving
me the passion to work with children in the future to become a primary school teacher.

Application of Gibbs’ Model

Description / Experience

During my voluntary school placement I have met many children; each one was very intelligent
possessing a unique personality, but lacked social skills. Thus, they required a slight adaptation
of my professional teaching behaviour so that they communicate very effectively with others.
For this, I did some activities in relation to social skills and communication, as my basic aim was
to enable children to efficiently communicate with others around them. Indeed, this activity was
really wonderful! Children really made progress in their skills of conversation.

Feelings

My feeling was that I am an effective communicator and an influential leader. I felt that I have
created a very positive learning environment for primary students. I was very excited and wished
the students to feel relaxed in my classroom.

Evaluation

Throughout my voluntary school placement in a primary school and teaching experience, I have
learned a lot about my fundamental responsibilities that I did not necessarily conceive before this
wonderful one day experience. I am also aware of that when I will become a primary teacher, I
will have an additional set of roles and responsibilities that this one day experience may not have
fully equipped me for. This job’s changing environment is something that really excites me and I
am familiar with I will always be learning and growing as a professional primary teacher. This
experience improved my knowledge and learning that in the case of younger students, it is
crucial to be fully able to talk to the children to develop their social skills, as the children
themselves would be not capable of developing these skills.
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Analysis

This experience has taught me that children can enhance their social and communication skills,
they simply need to increase their interaction with others around them, and for this the role of a
professional primary reach is pivotal. This will almost certainly be achieved by means of expert
teaching methods and behaviour and I will male effort to make sure that I increase students’
exposure to social skills and information. I have always been passionate to be a professional
primary teacher and providing children with real world skills and applications to show the
relevance of what they are learning at present.

Conclusion

This primary schools place made my feeling very blessed. More specifically, it is my fortune that
I have been paired with highly qualified, experienced and cooperating teaching staff, worked,
and thus had the privilege to spend a day by teaching a wonderful group of students. However,
there were many things to do for children, but one day was not enough. I want to join the school
voluntarily for a large period of time to teach students about social skills and communication.

Action Plan

My experience revealed me that I have communication skills and I simply need to improve them
so that I teach primary students very well. As I mentioned earlier, my passion is to become a
primary school teacher and I want to teach children social and communication skills
comprehensively. In future, I would like to join the primary school once again but for a couple of
months, so that I work with experienced teaching staff and learn about a variety of teaching
approaches. After that, I would like to establish my own primary school where I can really do
more things for primary students, even beyond their basic curriculum.
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References

Paterson, C. and Chapman, J. (2013). Enhancing skills of critical reflection to evidence learning
in professional practice. Physical Therapy in Sport, 14(3), pp.133-138.
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Appendix

Gibbs’ Reflection Cycle Model (Paterson and Chapman, 2013)

In 1988, Professor Graham Gibbs published his model called Reflective Cycle in the book
Learning by Doing. Since then it has gained popularity and it can be used in absolutely any
situation when you need to learn something .

The model consists of five steps:

Description.
Feel.
Evaluation.
Conclusion.
Act.
Using the model
You can use this model to study the situation yourself or with the help of a mentor or your friend.
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To start, select a situation from the past for analysis. Select at least a minute and remember the
situation that gave you an interesting experience and a lot of food for thought.

1: Description
At this stage to draw any conclusions, and do not involve emotions and you just need to find out
what happened.
Answer the following questions:
 When and where did this happen?
 Why were you there?
 Who else was there?
 What happened?
 What did you do?
 What did other people do?
 What was your result? What was the result of other people?

2: Feeling
Answer the following questions:

 What did you feel before the situation itself?


 What did you feel during the situation?
 What do you think other people felt before and during the situation?
 What did you feel after the end of the situation?
 What do you think about this situation now?
 What do you think other people think about this situation now?

3: Evaluation
Answer the following questions:

 What is the positive of this situation?


 What is the negative of this situation?
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 What went well?


 What went wrong?
 What contribution have you and other people made to make the situation good or bad?

4: Conclusion
Analyze the information you have for this moment. It will help you to correctly answer the
following questions:

What can be done so that the next time the situation was positive for you and for other people?
If you could be in this situation again, what would you change in your behavior and thoughts?
What skills do you need to develop in order to better cope with the situation next time?

5: Action Plan
You have carefully and from all sides analyzed the situation and now much has become clear to
you. From now on, if this situation recurs, you will approach it more consciously.

You must draw up a detailed plan of action and prepare for change. Do not let things take their
course, but take matters into their own hands. Take action.